History of Mekhliganj Math
Ramakrishna Math, Mekhliganj is a branch centre of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math. It is situated in a remote place near Bangladesh border and is surrounded by small villages with scenic beauty. This Ashrama was started way back in 1957, in a very humble way from a thatched room in a low land by a disciple of Swami Virajanandaji Maharaj, who later took sannyasa from outside of our order. The ashrama was handed over to Belur Math in the year 2006, which was then a sub-centre of our Cooch Behar centre. Later in 2015 the Mekhliganj centre was made a branch centre of Belur Math.
Ashrama Buildings : The Ashrama, is established in a land less than one acre. It has a Temple with marble statue of Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna and photo of Sri Ma Sarada and Swami Vivekananda. There are four more small buildings used as monks’ quarter, staff quarters, kitchen and dining place.
Important events in the History Ramakrishna Movement in Mekhliganj
- A primary school (from Nursery to Class four), consisting of more than 300 students.
- Daily worship, Aratrikam, Bhajan, fortnightly Ramanam Sankirtan
- Regular religious discourses within the Ashrama, and also in different places of Mekhliganj.
- Sarada Shakti Sangha – A women’s group doing social work in the locality with the help of the Ashrama. The group also meet twice a month in the Ashrama, where they chant Maa Naam Sankirtan and read from Mother’s book.
- 0.67 acres of cultivating land near and around the school campus where Jute and Paddy are grown.
- Blankets and other necessary items are distributed among the poor villagers during winter, which is severe here.
- A small library for devotees, consisting 260 books and 2 newspapers.